In response to the school closures due to the teacher protests, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said that he could "guarantee" that children were being sexually assaulted and poisoned because they were home alone instead of at school. "For those of you who have been hurt, it is my absolute honest apology to you, it is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process but to help us all move forward together". "We're in this together".
Bevin said he has several family members who are public school teachers and said the issue is "near and dear" to him.
Sunday, Bevin apologized and said his comments were misunderstood.
"Sometimes the words that people say, the way in which they say it, or just the misunderstanding that comes from that can also have unintended consequences and I think that is what happened from the very things I said", Bevin said in the video. Greater than 30 faculty districts closed Friday.
Protesters succeeded in their efforts and legislators overturned Bevin's budget and tax vetoes on the final day of the 2018 legislative session. "I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what's truly best for children".
Democrats quickly condemned Bevin's comments. The Office of the Attorney General fights every day to protect our children and has arrested a record number of predators and human traffickers. "If we want to create a world without child abuse, we can not tolerate the governor's comments". "Some we introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone", Bevin said in his initial comments.
Republican Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2017. Time and time again we hear this demeaning rhetoric spewed, attacking our public educators and public employees.
"The lecturers and public workers he has insulted over the previous 12 months deserve rather more than this". "His insults of teachers over the previous year have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".